The most frequently asked questions I get every day are, “Is there a cure for tinnitus”? or “Is there a medication for tinnitus?”
When I begin to discuss some of the sound therapy treatment options that can help tinnitus, I begin to receive blank stares. In reality, people just want to know what pill they can take to make it go away. And I understand.
For most other medical conditions, a medication or a surgical procedure can generally fix the problem. But, not with tinnitus.
There has been no approved medication successfully used for the treatment of tinnitus to date. You will see some over-the-counter dietary supplements at the drug store which claim to make tinnitus go away. And for some people, they do! But, they are just that, dietary supplements.
Just like taking Vitamin C when you start to feel ill will improve your overall health level and make your cold go away faster, tinnitus supplements may do the same thing for you. The supplements that are marketed for tinnitus contain ingredients that are thought to improve general health as well as inner ear health.
However, they are not medications, and they are not effective for many people with tinnitus.
Depression and anxiety
If your tinnitus has reached the point to which it is causing you anxiety or depression, some physicians may prescribe an anti-depressant drug or anti-anxiety medication. Again, while these may be helpful, these are not treating the tinnitus, just the effects of the tinnitus.
Promising New Medications for Tinnitus
Studies on medication for tinnitus are beginning to become more promising. The company Auris Medical, is in phase 3 of their testing of the Keyzilen (AM-101) tinnitus treatment. It requires 3 injections through the eardrum following an acute ear injury such as an acoustic trauma or middle ear infection that has caused tinnitus. This medication focuses on inhibiting the excessive release of an auditory neurotransmitter thought to be responsible for tinnitus.
Keyzilen may be a step closer to producing a successful medication for tinnitus. We will check back in with these clinical trials once data has been released and we will keep you updated.
At this time medications can’t cure tinnitus, but they may help to reduce the severity of other symptoms that can often coincide with tinnitus, such as depression and anxiety.